Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Got Brushes?

It’s all about using the right ‘tools’ when applying makeup and by using the right tools I mean using the right makeup brushes.

I mostly own Mac brushes but also use regular drug store brands that work just as well. There are so many brushes out there than can be used for multiple purposes according to what the makeup artist or customer feels comfortable using. Here is my personal ‘cheat sheet’ on what brushes I use and what they are for:

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Also, you must make sure to take the proper steps to maintain and keep your brushes clean.

Here are some tips:

Using warm water, wet your brush then place a small amount of soap (baby shampoo is recommended and also Neutrogena liquid soap is another fav I like to use) in the middle of your palm and dip the brush in the soap.

Begin to swirl it and run it back and forth as if you were painting until you see the foundation/makeup coming off the brush. Then rinse the brush under the warm water and feel free to repeat if you have not washed it in a while.

After rinsing, make sure to squeeze any excess water off the brush and reshape it into its original form. Place it on the towel and let it dry until ready for use.

Mac also has a brush cleaner that is good for when you are traveling or on-the-go. I use this one when applying makeup on clients right after the other by pouring the liquid onto a towel and gently wiping the makeup off the brushes.

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